New panel formed to consider proposals for GB citizens’ rights
Now the court had directed the AG to share the proposals adopted by the high-level committee and also asked GB representatives to share their proposals and observations. The court, however, said that it would determine the proposals before its final order.
The new committee was formed when the AG sought more time for addition of proposals to the recommendations developed by the high-level committee. Since the proposals were not provided to the amicus curiae and the counsel for the petitioners, the court ordered the new committee to meet up at the AG office at 3pm where proposals should be shared and be advanced by all stakeholders.
The court said the proposals would be considered before its final order, adding that a final report should be submitted before the court by Tuesday. The case will be taken up again on Dec 24. The CJP observed that the GB people were complaining that they were not being given the authority.
The AG, however, explained that the draft bill being made sought to hand over the authority over law enforcement and administrative matters to the GB government in line with the Constitution.
“We cannot make it (GB) a separate province but we can give it the same powers that provinces have,” the AG stated
The petition being adjudicated upon seeks to declare the Statutory Regulatory Order (SRO) No 786 (1) of Sept 9, 2009, Gilgit-Baltistan Empowerment and Self Governance Order 2009, which was amended lately in February 2015 empowering the minister for Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas (KANA) to act as the GB governor as illegal, unlawful and contrary to the May 1999 SC judgement in the Aljihad Trust case.